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Orange AHRCis proud of 59 years of service to the community. Willow Hill Horse Farm in Mongtomgery kindly hosted a Registered Horse Show on Saturday, August 17th and a Hunter Derby on Sunday, August 18th to benefit Orange AHRC. Foundation Board Member, Member of the Board of Directors, and Volunteer, Judy Noorlander chaired and planned the event with perfect weather on her side. Attendees and Competitors enjoyed the beautiful view at Willow Hill Horse Farm. Thank you to all supporters.
Orange AHRC's Annual Car Show was held on Sunday, August 11th 9am - 4pm at the Henry F. Cox Building (28 Bull Rd in Campbell Hall, NY). While this event is certainly a highlight for the County's Classic Car aficionados, it is also an eloquent and clear statement of the mission of Orange AHRC.
The event is planned and staffed by the employees, families and participants of AHRC's programs for people of all ages with developmental disabilities. It is also supported by the Board and Foundation Board members - volunteers all - who work year round to assist AHRC in its essential work of providing service to over 1,500 people in the county. The seamlessness of this collaboration is a testment to the good work the Agency has been providing for 59 years. Participants, spectators and the people the agency supports enjoy the day as a community, or as the mission statement of AHRC states as "respected, valued members of the community."
Whether a car enthusiast, family member, employee or new to the agency's work, the car show was both an enjoyale day of food, fun, games and cars, and an introduction to the agency. There was a penny social for the bargain hunters in the crowd. We thank Lynn Sereta for all her hard work as well as all OAHRC staff, volunteers, board members, participants and supporters for a successful & enjoyable event.
The fifth Annual Orange AHRC Dream Catcher's Gala will be held on Thursday, May 15th at Anthony's Pier 9 in New Windsor. This event celebrates the mission of AHRC by honoring staff members and the people supported by the Agency who have gained prominence in the community through realizing personal dreams and accomplishments.
This event celebrates the achievements created by a shared vision adn the compassionate embrace of like minded people with a commo goal-to make real the dreams we share and to serve the community through mutual support. To those who work each day to keep thses dreams alive, we say thank you and keep the Spirit alive in each and every thing you do for those we serve.
The Agency was pleased to honor Assemblymember, Aileen Gunther with AHRC Advocacy Award last year.
Thank you to our sponsors:
Relph Benefit Advisors - Gold Sponsor
Focused Wealth Management - Community Award Sponsor 2013
Orange & Rockland - Community Award Sponsor 2014
8th Annual Bill Volpe/Orange AHRC Golf Classic
Orange AHRC hosted the 8th Annual Bill Volpe Golf Classic on June 20, 2013 at the Powelton Club in Newburgh. The event kicked off with a bbq lunch and was followed by 18-holes of scramble format golf. After golfing, the evening closed with a cocktail hour and dinner while awards and prizes were announced.
Mr. Bill Volpe, past Board President of AHRC and a long time supporter of the Agency, was the guest of honor for the event. Mr. Volpe is also a Foundation Board Member for Orange AHRC. The Foundation raises money to help with Agency initiatives that help over 1,000 developmentally disabled people in Orange County.
Many thanks to all the continued supporters of Orange AHRC.
The Orange AHRC Foundation hosted a Bowl-A-Thon on Saturday, March 9th - 2pm at Tarsio Lanes in the city of Newburgh. It was a fun-filled afternoon of bowling, music, prizes and fun with special guest, WHUD's Tom Furci, as the emcee.
AHRC would like to send a special thank you to all the generous sponsors and donors throughout the community:
- Land Worx of New York Inc. - Goshen
- Sisters of the Presentation - New Windsor
- Dynamic Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Co.
- E.A. Morse & Co. Inc. - Middletown
- E Cooper & Son Septic Service - Pine Bush
- Empire State Bank - Newburgh
- Greystone Stables - New Hampton
- Kiwanis of Newburgh - Newburgh
- Michael's Appliances - Middletown
- Mobile Life
- Newburgh Roofing Inc. - New Windsor
- Orange & Rockland
- Rider, Weiner & Frankel, P.C. - New Windsor
- Concept Promotions in Newburgh
- Charles B. Merrill's Office Supply in Newburgh
- P & P Printing - New Windsor
- Anna's Restaurant - Newburgh
- Benchmark Bookkeeping - Middletown
- Cosimo's Restaurant - Newburgh
- Downing Film Center - Newburgh
- Joe's Pizza & Deli - Newburgh
- Mid-Valley Wine & Liquor - Newburgh
- Newburgh Brewing Company - Newburgh
- Party Beverages - Newburgh
- Sam's Club - Middletown
- Sweet Feelings Jewelers in the Galleria - Middletown
- Wherehouse Restaurant - Newburgh
The funds raised will be used to build a brand new residential home for seven of the individuals served by Orange AHRC on Fifth Avenue in the Town of Newburgh. The property has been purchased and it is expected that construction will begin as soon as possible!
Thank you to all participants, volunteers, sponsors and staff for making this event such a success. Orange AHRC is happy to announce the hiring of its new Chief Financial officer Lis Goris. Lis, a native of New York City, comes to AHRC with a wealth of experience in the financial field, especially as a leader in several non-profit organizations.
Lis began her career in finance with MBD Community Housing corp., redesigning the accounts receivable and accounts payable functions by using technology. She also taught computer courses in the Job Development Center. From there, Liz became assistant controller at the Federation of Multi-Cultural Programs - New York, being promoted to fiscal director and leading that organization to financial stability. She moved on to FMCP- NJ in order to remediate problems with regulatory requirements, and by applying her extensive knowledge of financial systems, had an immediate positive impact on the Agency.
Lis received her BA in Accounting from City University and has also been nominated for the CFO of the Year award by NJBIZ, a leading business periodical. She resides in Westchester with her daughter and is a welcome addition to the Orange AHRC Executive Team.
July 2012 Calendar News
At Orange AHRC "DreamCathcers" Gala on May 5, the Agency announced a donation from the Lazard Asset Management Group to OAHRC's Foundation Board. Executive Director Christopher Fortune of Orange AHRC (right), and Foundation Board President Mark Devitt display a check from the Lazard organization for $150,000.00. The Foundation Board is a group of community leaders that support the mission of Orange AHRC through fund raising efforts on behalf of the people AHRC serves. This donation marks the beginning of the Board's active participation in fundraising for the Agency.
Fishkill - Suzanne Sennett spoke frankly to leaders of more than 40 regional non-profit organizations who are members of the New York State Association of Community and Residential Agencies (NYSACRA) on December 10 at the Holiday Inn Fishkill. Sennett is the Deputy Commissioner of Policy and Enterprise Solutions, a newly created office of New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilites (formerly OMRDD).
Advising the group to participate in planning and working toward a sustainable future for the OPWDD system, including different ways of delivery of services, Sennett said, "we need to deliver what individuals need and want, not what is already there."
This is directly in line with her goals of eliminating service barriers for New York's developmentally disabled population, their famiolies and the providers who support them, and promoting innovation at all levels within OPWDD.
"Suzanne emphasized the importance of us developing portable supports and services, rather than just providing care in institutional settings," rather than just providing care in institutional settings," said Christopher Fortune, the Vice-President of the Mid-Hudson Region of NYSACRA. Fortune is executive director of Orange AHRC in Newburgh.
Orange AHRC is already on board with the new direction the state is asking for, by developing CommunityBuilders a day habilitation program for adults that is personalized for their needs and wants, and that involves a much higher degree of community interaction than traditional day habilitation. An employment initiative called DreamJobs is also underway with a goal of finding real jobs for people with developmental disabilities, in the community, instead of in the traditional sheltered workshop setting where they only work with other people who have developmental disabilities.
Organizations interested in learning more about NYSACRA and its regional meetings are invited to contact Chris Fortune @
Campbell Hall - Orange AHRC is wrapping up a series of four interactive workshops for families that have a child on the autism spectrum called "Autism: Bridging Adolescence to Adulthood," discussing the challenges that the children and their families face during the trying years of adolescence. The series is open to the public, by reservation only.
The last workshop, "After I'm Gone: Making Long Term Choices for Your Child" will be held at Noble Coffee Roasters in Campbell Hall, and is limited to 35 participants. Date TBA. "Our goal is to provide information, ideas and support in a warm, relaxed environment where parents can share their experiences with others who are in a similar situation," said Orange AHRC Executive Director Christopher Fortune.
"Thanks to the grant we received for this project from the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, we will also be able to offer follow-up-at-home consultation to families to give further support and information in the home environment," said Fortune. Orange AHRC will provide up to 20 hours of consultation by Master's level psychologists, under the supervision of Allen Hershman, Ph.D., Psy.D., the agency's Director of Psychology.
"Adolescents diagnosed with disorders on the autism spectrum often engage in a range of maladaptive behaviors that frustrate parents and providers," relates Dr. Hershman. "Orange AHRC has the experience and ability to reacch out to parents and assist with these difficult to manage and often frustrating behavioral dynamics," he concluded.
Gerald Imperial Rogers, AHRC's assistant executive director and author of the grant proposal, adds, "We want to provide every tool we can to aid local families with children on the spectrum."
Free childcare for workshop participants will be provided by Orange AHRC at their nearby Henry Cox Center in Campbell Hall. Email Charles Smith at
or call him at 845-561-0670 for details about childcare or to make a workshop reservation.